Business Analysis Forum

Sunday | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Track

Pre-Conference Tutorial - Half Day

Assessing and Improving Your BA Practices


Speaker Photo: Kathleen Barret

Kathleen Barret

Co-Founder /. CEO, MicroMarketplace

Speaker Photo: Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP

Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP

Founder and CEO, BA-Squared, LLC




    In the last few years, organizations around the world have begun to realize the need to improve the way they perform business analysis. In 2009, it is estimated that over $400 billion dollars was spent reworking IT systems to deal with errors in requirements. Good business analysis can reduce or even eliminate that cost, and ensure that organizations focus their efforts on work that adds value to their stakeholders.

    In this interactive workshop participants will:

    • Understand the value delivered by business analysis
    • Assess their own individual competency and/or their organizations business analysis practices
    • Interpret the assessment results
    • Build a business case for BA improvement
    • Develop an action plan to implement change

    This workshop will require some pre-work time to achieve the objectives above.  Pre-work will be sent closer to the date.



    Kathleen is the visionary leader of Business Analysis. She founded International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) in 2003 and led it until 2013. In her care IIBA grew from a 37 member volunteer-run organization to a global association with 29 staff supporting over 26,000 members in 120 countries and over $5 million in revenue. With no physical office this presented unique management and leadership challenges. She is currently writing two books: one about how to create, run, and sustain a virtual organization, and one called Polite Politics: Applying Influence To Get What You Need Without Compromising Your Soul.

    Kathleen is a noted keynote speaker and instructor, invited to present at conferences around the world. She has worked with hundreds of companies throughout her career as a consultant and leader in the business analysis field. She has experience in the financial services industry, telecommunications, managing offshore software development, and product management.

    In March 2014 Julian Sammy and Kathleen Barret co-founded MicroMarketplace, to get on-demand expert advice to managers, one hour at a time.

    Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP, PBA is Founder & CEO of BA-Squared, LLC a training and consulting company that helps transform organizations. With over 18 years’ experience she helps BAs develop the skills they need to inspire collaboration, creativity and innovation. Angela is passionate about developing modern business analysis skills and practices in organizations. She develops BACoEs, improves practices, and helps organizations and BAs develop critical competencies, behaviors, and mindsets to be successful in traditional and agile environments.

    Angela's experience includes being a BA on the business and technology side of projects, traditional and agile, and industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Media, Retail, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, and more. 

    Angela was part of the IIBA BABOK v3 Core Team of lead authors of the recently released BABOK, the lead author on the IIBA Competency Model, and co-author of IIBA's Managing BAs book.

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